My new favorite storytime book, The Circus Ship is an exciting and fun story by master author and illustrator Chris Van Dusen. With bright stylized illustrations and perfectly metered rhymes, it is the perfect read-aloud book. When a ship full of circus animals is marooned on a small island off the coast of Maine, the residents are quite put out at first. However, they soon find that the animals and people can help each and get along very well even on a small island. Van Dusen has a knack for working good vocabularly words into his rhymes very smoothly and combined with his fantastic illustrations, The Circus Ship is a treat for both kids and adults!